|Posted on August 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
Allen Hopkins Bonnie Abrams
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound, for a stop at the library on Wednesday, Sep 7th.
Continuously congenial hosts, Jim Clare and Cathy McGrath, are delighted to welcome our mossy-horned co-host and his long-time duet partner, as our Feature:
Bonnie, http://dynrec.com/bonnieabrams/ , is a multi-instrumentalist, who writes and performs her own songs and she sings everything from choral music to Broadway show tunes. As "Voice of the Second Generation", Bonnie has performed programs of song and narration from the European Jewish experience at multi-cultural celebrations and Holocaust Commemorations.
Allen Hopkins, is our own TUNES BY THE TRACKS co-host.
You all know Allen...he's the guy who plays bluegrass, blues, Celtic music and even Stephen Foster ballads on his three dozen acoustic instruments...(calm down, he won't be playing all of them).
Us Trackers have kicked back with Bonnie and Allen before, so we're prepared laugh, clap, sing along, and maybe even shed a tear...(metaphorically speaking)
...but wait ~THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ those loveable louts have been stealing the show lately, so who knows what surprises are in store, this time...
If you're champing at the bit to give it a go, as a Mystery Picker...see Cathy or Jim (moi), and we'll sign you up, on the spot.
|Posted on August 5, 2016 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
Summer continues to sit hotly upon us, which means, it's a great time for some live
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is steaming in, and she'll be at the Library on Wed,
Your ever cool hosts, Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are delighted and excited to
welcome back another favorite as our Feature:
~ FRED VINE ~
Fred Vine, http://www.fredvine.com is is a master of "Piedmont"
style and Delta bottleneck slide guitar.
His repertoire is rich with traditional blues, compelling instrumentals and captivating
Fred's musical tastes are eclectic, so we'll enjoy acoustic blues, jazz, original
compositions , American Songbook and contemporary songs.
His influences include bluesmen Rev. Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Son House,
Mississippi John Hurt, Jelly Roll Morton and certainly Chet Atkins.
Laid back, yet engaging and witty, Fred easily connects with his audience...which is us
Heads Up Shoppers...Fred's CD's will be for sale ~ "Mister Freddy Blues"
(a compendium of roots blues), "Crystal River Blues" (a mixed bag of jazz, blues and
contemporary), "Cruising on the Belle" and "Genesee Delta Stomp", which showcases
Fred's original music.
As a seasoned performer, Fred has shared the stage with Muddy Waters,
John Hammond, Guy Davis, Dave Van Ronk and many others.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS...will let fly, during the second half of the
evening. See Cathy or Jim (moi), to try yer hand at the glitzy, glamouous
world of show bizzness.
|Posted on July 24, 2016 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is under full steam this summer, and she'll be at the library on Wed, Aug 3rd.
Your hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are very pleased to welcome a wonderfully talented young artist, as our Feature:
~ REBECCA COLLEEN ~
Rebecca is well known to us Trackers, as the lead singer, for Rebecca Colleen & the Chorelads, a mainstay of Finger Lakes Bluegrass festivals and venues. https://www.facebook.com/rebeccacolleenandthechorelads/" target="_blank">http://https://www.facebook.com/rebeccacolleenandthechorelads/
Rebecca sometimes likes to stretch her musical wings, and perform as a solo, so we unabashedly seized the opportunity, to book her as a Feature at TUNES BY THE TRACKS.
Just to whet our appetities, here a few of the remarks from folks who have seen Rebecca Colleen perform:
"Rebecca Colleen - a beautiful young artist with an angelic voice.She has been instantly added to my personal listening collection. I know you're going to love her too!" ~Rhonda Vincent
"Rebecca has a beautiful voice and an intuitive giftfor interpretationalong with a kindred heart that permeates all her songs." ~Claire Lynch
"There's an ease about Rebecca that draws you in - it's in the strum of her guitar, in the way she chats with the audience between songs, in her countenance when she sings, and of course in her rich and compelling voice, so full of promise at her young age. Keep an eye on this one!" ~ Mark Schatz
...hold yer horses...THE MYSTERY PICKERS will once again, excoriate us during the second half of the evening! ...see Cathy or Jim (moi), and join those in the know...who are already doin' it...an you can do it too.
|Posted on July 11, 2016 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is under full summer steam, so make sure yer on board, for our next show, on Wednesday, July 20th.
Your effervescent hosts, Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath are thrilled and excited, to welcome back a Tracker favorite, as our Feature:
~ TAYLOR PIE ~
Taylor Pie, http://www.taylorpie.com/
is a delight. She is so very self effacing about her prodigious talent, that each time she performs, we're pleasantly surprised all over again, to realize that we're listening to a star.
When she was still in high school, Pie began her musical journey that continues today. Along the way, she has worked with many of the marquis names, in Country and Folk music, and she has great stories to tell...hoo dawgie...and Pie can tell a story.
Pie's lead vocal on "Time", with Pozo Seco Singers, when she was called Susan Taylor, has become a folk classic.
The record hit #1 in LA, Chicago, and Boston! Three albums followed on Columbia, 1 on Certron Records and then a solo album on JMI Records. Her first Taylor Pie release was, “Long Ride Home” which front paged on CDBaby, followed by “Jubal”. Then came PuffBunny Records “So Little Has Changed”, "Live at Hondo's", and re-release of the JMI album, "Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor Finally Getting Home."
Artists Bette Midler, Tanya Tucker; Mickey Gilley; The Forester Sisters; Terri Hendrix; Don Williams; Valerie Smith; Lewis Family; The Tuttles with A.J; Cluster Pluckers and more have recorded her songs. "Just Like Angels", was nominated for the gospel Dove Award, and "Full Grown Fool" gave Mickey Gilley a top 20.
Pie's songs can be heard on Americana/Folk Pop satellite, internet and public radio stations and her current cd, "Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor Finally Getting Home" has become her top seller. Les Marcott's story @ http://www.scene4.com/archivesqv6/dec-2012/1212/lesmarcott1212.html, points out that Pie was Americana before there was a name for it.
...jes' a minnit...THE MYSTERY PICKERS are on deck, and they'll be swingin' away, during the second half of the evening.
Anyone feeling intrepid, bold, and/or musical...see Cathy or Jim (moi), and join the hardy bunch, who are already MYSTERY PICKERS.
|Posted on June 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on June 7, 2016 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Joy Bennett Chris Koldewey
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is gathering steam, Trackers...she's on schedule for arrival at Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday, 15th.
Your hifalutin' hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased to welcome, two very talented artists as our Feature:
~ CHRIS KOLDEWEY & JOY BENNETT ~
Joy Bennett has been involved in folk music most of her life. As a member of the quartet Water Sign for 13 years, she explored the close-knit harmonies of traditional and contemporary folk music. Joy is a founding member of the all woman chantey group The Johnson Girls, whose sound and energy in sea and work songs has brought entire audiences to their feet. Joy has performed solo, with Chris, Water Sign, the Johnson Girls, and with guest artists in the US and Europe
Chris Koldewey, a public school music teacher, has been singing folk music and sea music in particular since his early teens. He comes from a family rich in maritime traditions, and his lullabies as a child, were traditional songs of the sea.
Chris has played many concerts and festivals in states along the US eastern seaboard and internationally, and has led workshops dealing with a variety of traditional music forms. He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, fiddle, concertina, and other things common to an average garage sale. His singing has been said to be “not too hurtful to the ear,” and has been known to attract neighborhood strays.
Chris and Joy deliver powerhouse chanteys, haunting ballads, and tender laments, rich with harmonies.
Their repertoire will often travels comfortably away from the sea to the mountains, with an Appalachian standard, an old-time song, or a ballad from some distant land.
Audience participation is encouraged, so that's right in our wheelhouse, Trackers.
...the MYSTERY PICKERS will descend upon the unwary, during the second half of the evening. These rascals just keep on getting better and better.
If yer feeling bold...buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and jist like that...ye'll be a MYSTERY PICKER...
|Posted on May 24, 2016 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on May 7, 2016 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is right on schedule, Trackers. She'll be rolling into Clifton Springs on May 18th.
Your excessively genial hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are abuzz with excitement, and very pleased to introduce a new Feature:
~ CARLA ULBRICH ~
Carla, http://www.carlau.com/ is currently a Jersey girl, who wears that mantle lightly.
Just beneath the thin veneer, is the Clemson, South Carolina native, who is as nice and sweet, as she is funny and musical...and that's saying something!
Carla has performed at the Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, South Florida and Philadelphia Folk Festivals and at such notable venues as Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, Nashville’s Bluebird Café and New York City’s The Bitter End, among others. Ulbrich -- who cites Sesame Street, camp songs and cat food commercials as her biggest musical influences – is primarily known for writing humorous songs about such topics as Waffle House, Klingons and how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the 'F' word. On Totally Average Woman, she also tiptoes into the topical/ social commentary realm with songs that touch on non-smokers’ rights, classroom animal dissection, and low-slung pants.
...and you guessed it, Trackers... THE MYSTERY PICKERS will protrude into the second half of the evening.
Even as we speak, our scouts are out right now, looking for candidates.
Just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi) know yer intent to pick...and Bob's yer uncle.
|Posted on April 26, 2016 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Cathy McGrath Allen Hopkins Jim Clare
TUNES BY THE TRACKS Too, is racing inbound Trackers.
She's scheduled to arrive at Victor Farmington library, http://www.victorfarmingtonlibrary.org/ on Wednesday, May 4th, for our annual road trip.
Your convivial co-hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins will do double duty as Feature, singing and playing our li'l hearts out for yez.
We'll get plenty of help from Cathy's Cuisle Mo Chroi bandmate, Pat Carey, along with Bob White, and his band of reknown.
...of course...THE MYSTERY PICKERS tunes will pick up the slack, during the second half of the evening.
If you've been teetering on the brink...now is the perfect time, to jump into the mix as a MYSTERY PICKER...just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know, and shazaam...yer on the squad!
|Posted on April 11, 2016 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Wendy Sassafras Ramsey
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is toodling down the track. She'll be pulling into the station on Wednesday, April 20th.
Your harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are delighted to welcome an effervescent duo, for their inaugural visit as our Feature:
~ JEFFREY PEPPER RODGERS & WENDY RAMSAY ~
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, http://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/ grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Ramsay in this dynamic folk-rock duo. Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.
Jeffrey and Wendy collaborated on Rodgers’ latest album, Almost There, which won the 2015 Sammy Award for Best Americana. They were selected to perform, with the full JPR Band, in the 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. The duo also played an official showcase at the 2015 NERFA conference and was featured on the public radio program Folk Alley (see the videos below). Rodgers and Ramsay have performed in venues ranging from house concerts and coffeehouses to bars and churches.
...not to be overlooked...THE MYSTERY PICKERS ...who are comporting themselves admirably this season, will boom out, during the second half of the evening.
Now, is the time to leap into the breach, and strut yer stuff...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and you will be on the roster.